Rocketing Into Space

June 27th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Photo by UT graduate student, Aditya Togi using the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory

Photo by UT graduate student, Aditya Togi using the Discovery Channel Telescope
at Lowell Observatory

Rockets usually take people to space. But these UT Rockets are bringing space to you.

There are a lot of exciting initiatives happening around The University of Toledo. But potentially one of the most exciting is the new partnership between UT, the University of Maryland, Boston University, the Lowell Observatory and the Discovery Channel as a consortium utilizing the new Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory.

“This really elevates our astronomy program to a level where we are competitive with the big boys,” stated Dr. Karen Bjorkman, the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “Maybe not quite the biggest boys, but we are at least now on a field where a relatively small number of programs are, which is a very good thing for The University of Toledo.”

DSC_0033Located in Happy Jack, Arizona, a little over 40 miles south of Flagstaff, the Discovery Channel Telescope is a 4.3-meter, state-of-the-art telescope that is the first of its kind. Often called the “swiss army knife” of telescopes, the Discovery Channel Telescope has an instrument bay that allows the user to change to any instrument they want within 30 seconds. This is an incredibly unique feature. Most telescopes have a lot of different instruments in their quiver. They can take big images, they can study the visual light we can see with our eyes and they can explore longer wave lengths or infrared light. But it can be a time consuming and physical task (sometimes 15 to 20 minutes or sometimes up to several hours) to change between each of the instruments. One of the special attributes of the Discovery Channel Telescope is it can simultaneously mount up to five of these instruments and can very rapidly switch between them just by moving a little mirror inside the apparatus. This is a very important attribute because it makes it very effective to follow rapidly evolving events.

“It may seem like the universe moves very slowly or even sits still and for many things that’s true,” said Dr. J.D. Smith, associate professor of astronomy. “But there are objects and events that happen in the universe, which develop over a time scale of hours, or even less. For example, there is a class of objects called gamma ray bursts, which are these incredible explosions, some of the biggest explosions in the universe. You don’t know that they are coming until you see one. When you spot one, you want to rapidly start following it and collecting data on it right away. So this capability to switch very quickly between different instruments is a real advantage that we will have with the Discovery Channel Telescope that just doesn’t exist in most places.”

DSC_0919UT astronomers have been interested in partnering with a large telescope consortium for many, many years. Five years ago, Dr. Bjorkman was at a meeting with Dr. Jeffrey Hall, the current director of the Lowell Observatory. He was in discussions at that time with the Discovery Channel to try to build a large telescope and told her that he would keep UT in mind if that proceeded. A few years later she ran into him at the American Astronomical Society and he told her that they were moving ahead on the project. While Dr. Bjorkman expressed interest, she also said that at that time UT did not have the funding but to please keep her in mind. Two years ago Dr. Hall called her and said that they were looking for partners and asked if we were potentially interested. Dr. Bjorkman said that she was, but needed to look into it. Shortly after, she ran into UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs in an elevator and gave him a quick overview of the idea. He thought that the idea sounded interesting. Later in the year, Dr. Jacobs had a tenure interview with Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith spoke about the strong impact joining a large telescope consortium would have for the UT astronomy program.  A few months later Dr. Bjorkman’s cell phone rang when she was at a meeting in Cleveland. It was Dr. Jacobs, who asked her to tell him the full details behind the concept of a telescope consortium. After hearing about it, he said that he was looking for projects that will help raise the profile of The University of Toledo. He knew that the astronomy program already had raised the profile, and that this project could take them to the next level. He asked Dr. Bjorkman to put together a proposal. Dr. Smith, with assistance from Dr. Rupali Chandar, associate professor of astronomy, worked directly with the Lowell Observatory to put together a proposal, and Dr. Bjorkman presented the full concept of the partnership to Dr. Jacobs, who in turn presented it to the UT Board of Trustees, and the project was approved to proceed in June 2012.

Lowell Observatory SigningWhat was approved was a 10-year commitment between UT and the Lowell Observatory making UT one of three key institutions (UT, Boston University and the University of Maryland) to join the Lowell Observatory and the Discovery Channel in a scientific partnership. This partnership grants dedicated telescope time at the institutional partners for the Discovery Channel Telescope. One of the difficulties in the world of astronomy is gaining observation time at a large telescope to conduct research. Generally, scientists compete with many other astronomers for a limited amount of observing time. With dedicated access, scientists can develop longer-term science projects with a broader scientific scope than what they would be able to do without it. Other telescope consortiums were considered during the decision process, but this partnership was the right match for UT.

“It was a brand new, state-of-the-art, really fantastic telescope with a proposed instrument suite that fit nicely with our research here at UT,” said Dr. Bjorkman. “So that was an attractive draw to us. But another attractive draw was Lowell Observatory and the Discovery Channel’s involvement. Lowell is an historic observatory. It is the place where Pluto was discovered. It is also where the first evidence of the expanding universe was discovered. So it has historical importance. But on top of that, it has a very definite mission that focuses not only on research, but also on education and outreach. With our tie-in of the newly renovated Ritter Planetarium and some of our own outreach efforts, we thought it was a natural match.”

Dr. Rupali Chandar

Dr. Rupali Chandar

The UT agreement allows students and researchers about 20 nights of dedicated observation time at the telescope. Every three months students and researchers develop short proposals that explain the project they want to explore, and how much telescope time they will need with which instruments. All proposals for telescope time start with Dr. Smith, who coordinates the UT activities for the Discovery Channel Telescope. These proposals then go in front of the UT telescope time allocation committee who review all of the proposals to decide how to allocate the time. It is a competitive process.

“Our agreement allots us roughly 20 nights of observing time per year, which we thought was about right for the size of our group. Different partners have different levels of time. For example, Boston University bought in at a much higher level so they get more time allocated. They have 35 astronomers and UT has eight. Because the telescope is so new, right now there is only one instrument on the telescope, the imager, which by the way is REALLY fantastic,” said Dr. Bjorkman. “The rest of the instruments should be up and running by sometime in 2014. That has limited the number of nights that we have needed initially because different astronomers need different capabilities like spectroscopy that aren’t quite ready yet. If we don’t use all of our nights that are allocated to us in the early years, we can bank them for use in later years, we don’t lose them.”

Dr. J.D. Smith

Dr. J.D. Smith

The research that UT scientists and students will conduct using the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory is fascinating. Dr. Bjorkman’s research interest is in disks around stars. Some stars have gas and dust disks around them and these disks in some cases can form solar systems. In other cases they are just part of the star’s natural evolution, and they sometimes come and go. What scientists don’t know is how often that happens, why it happens, or what the time scale is for these events. Dr. Bjorkman is interested in learning more about that time scale and about the physical things that are happening to build or destroy these disks. One problem with watching just one star for a long time is a scientist may or may not catch it doing this. A better way to catch more of these events is to study whole clusters of many stars. Studying clusters lets the scientist know they are all roughly the same age of star and they are roughly in the same part of their lifetime. Capturing multiple stars with variable disks gives benchmarks about where in a star’s lifetime this happens. It answers the questions, “Is it common, is it uncommon, what’s the timescale?” Dr. Bjorkman is doing cluster work looking at those types of issues. “I should point out that we are using our Ritter Observatory in conjunction with this because we can tie some of the work we are doing at Ritter with the work being done at the Discovery Channel Telescope, which is a better site and a bigger telescope. There are things we can’t do at Ritter, but there are some complementary things that we can do at Ritter that we don’t need the Discovery Channel Telescope for.  So we can actually match them up nicely and we are doing some of that with this cluster work,” said Dr. Bjorkman.

Disk galaxyOne project being worked on is high latitude galactic clouds. These are clouds of very cold gas and dust. If you picture that the galaxy is like a Frisbee, these clouds are way above or way below the plane of the Frisbee. Scientists don’t know how they got up there and don’t really know what the properties are of these cold gas clouds. UT astronomers and graduate students want to learn more about these clouds and have already obtained new data with the Discovery Channel Telescope to study them.  They created a beautiful image of one of these clouds that reveals a solitary star forming right on its surface. A UT graduate student, Aditya Togi and UT professor emeritus Dr. Adolph Witt (who is still very active in the UT astronomy program) are trying to investigate this particular dark cloud.

Another project of interest to UT astronomers like Dr. Will Fischer, a postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Tom Megeath, associate professor of astronomy is studying very young stars. They are trying to determine the process by which these infant stars accrete matter and how they grow into “adult” stars. UT scientists are looking at baby stars embedded in a cloud that is the building blocks of material from which they were being formed; gas and dust. Some of gas and dust is still falling in, onto the star. They are using the telescope to study the nature of some of these things that are still imbedded in this cloud because it is difficult to see. They are pretty faint so the Discovery Channel Telescope is ideal for this type of study.

Dr. Bjorkman at DCT

Dr. Bjorkman at DCT

Other UT astronomers, like Dr. Chandar and her research group are studying and interested in the evolution of galaxies and how they change through time. Looking at galaxies very far away means you are looking at galaxies that are earlier in the life of the universe. This means by studying these far away galaxies, they can see how the universe changes over time.

There are UT astronomers such as Dr. Steve Federman, professor of astronomy and Dr. Witt, who are interested in the material between the stars and between the galaxies. They are looking at the properties of the gas and dust between the stars. They will be at the Discovery Channel Telescope to do that once the spectrographs come online.

Dr. Mike Cushing, assistant professor of astronomy is studying very cold stars that are called brown dwarfs. They are essentially failed stars that just didn’t get big enough to ignite into a star. Dr. Cushing is famous for discovering brown drawf stars that are so cool that if you could walk up to them, you could put your hand on them and not burn yourself. He is interested in following up on a number of these brown dwarfs which have been discovered by the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) which is a NASA space-based instrument. These are being followed up on from the ground to learn more about their properties.

Dr. J.D. Smith is working on nearby galaxies. These are galaxies out to a few million light years which may not sound terribly nearby. But, they are close enough that he can produce beautiful images and divide them up to their constituent regions. Doing that, Dr. Smith will look at what’s happening at the nucleus of the galaxy, where it is believed for most galaxies there is a very massive black hole. These black holes are maybe a million, or even a billion times the mass of the sun. They have a major impact on the host galaxy itself.  With galaxies relatively nearby like this, Dr. Smith can actually divide these galaxies into different zones and regions. This allows him to explore this impact in terms of feedback, which is the reaction of the activity of the giant black hole on the rest of the galaxy.

As interested UT alumni and friends, we will be able to follow some of this research through Discovery Communication’s involvement. Their primary interest is in educational materials and programming for the Discovery Channel. They have been interested for a long time in the work that the Lowell Observatory has been doing and also in astronomy in general. The Discovery Channel saw this as an opportunity to support a program that would simultaneously support cutting-edge scientific research while also providing material for them to use in producing educational programming. Their interest is in publicizing the scientific results that come from the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory. They have already run one special called “Scanning the Skies”, which documents the building of the Discovery Channel Telescope. The Discovery Channel’s plan is to do periodic full-length programs about their telescope and the work that is going on there. They are also developing educational materials around the concepts of astronomy and science in general to take into the schools. The University of Toledo has a real interest in working with the Discovery Channel to help them develop educational programs using our own Ritter Planetarium and our own outreach and educational programs. Their main focus of educational programming, outreach and publicizing the work of the consortium scientists is to get people excited about science in general and astronomy in particular.

“We are hoping that in the future we can develop some of our own programming for Ritter Planetarium,” Bjorkman explains. “The Discovery Channel potentially could use these programs with school groups or we could sell them to other planetariums. The Ritter Planetarium is fully digital now. To build programming, you essentially have to warp images and videos so they project on the dome to become like a 3-D view. Our new computer system will actually allow us to develop our own programming. And we have been collaborating with the College of Communication and the Arts to make this happen. Some of the art professors and students have been working with our people at Ritter Planetarium to think about ways that we can combine science and art into educational materials that we can present at the planetarium.”

This wonderful consortium with the Discovery Channel Telescope, Lowell Observatory and partner universities really puts The University of Toledo on the national map in terms of its astronomy and astrophysics programs and people are starting to take notice. The quality of applications for UT graduate programs is getting better and better. Students from major universities all over the U.S. are expressing interest in coming to work with UT’s faculty and projects.

“So we now have the potential to do wonderful things with this telescope,” said Dr. Bjorkman. “We want to make sure that our students are directly connected to it. However, since we don’t have remote observing set up yet – that is planned for the future – we physically have to go to Arizona to use it. We really want to be able to have students go out there to have that hands-on experience, but the problem is that the travel is somewhat expensive. We would ultimately like to develop an endowed fund that could support student travel to go out there and fully participate in using the telescope. We want our students to develop scientific projects for the Discovery Channel Telescope. We want them to come up with the ideas for the project, thinking about the scientific questions that they need to ask, what physics they need to know, and then to go out there and collect the data, come back here with the data that they got and reduce and analyze the data. We want them to go from start to finish of the scientific process and hopefully go on to publish that data in a publication to share their discoveries with the world. We want them to experience the opportunity to contribute to the development of science. That’s the goal, that’s the big picture. Supporting that is going to be challenging, but is a very worthwhile goal.”

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Dr. Smith and Dr. Bjorkman both shared a similar sentiment – astronomy has the power to engage and captivate the mind like no other field of science.  As many hard questions are being asked about the role of the University, it took real vision on the part of President Jacobs and UT’s Board of Trustees to lift their gaze and see the deep, very human impact of exploring our universe with the Discovery Channel Telescope. They wanted to thank President Jacobs and the Board for taking this leap. “It may seem very remote in some ways, but in taking that leap, I think they are going to be delighted when they start to see it pay off,” shared Dr. Smith.

To view more photographs taken from the Discovery Channel Telescope, click here to visit the Lowell Observatory website gallery.

To watch the video “Stars in Alignment: UT Astronomy and the Discovery Channel Telescope: Click Here.

To watch a video of the first use of the Discovery Channel Telescope by UT astronomers: Click Here.

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“Playing Nightly” – The Unexpected Story

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By Patty Gelb

marqueeUplifting, inspiring and warm-hearted are all words that could describe the movie “Playing Nightly,” but, when the idea was first conceived, it could have been anything but a feel good story. When director and owner of Leata Films, Jason Hamilton (B.A. in Film ‘94) first thought about the idea of an in-depth documentary about local Toledo musicians, he wondered if the focus would be people unhappy in their long-term music careers still playing in Toledo. What he found was quite the opposite.

Hamilton always had a love of music and specifically people playing guitar. His parents owned a home down in the Florida Keys and he remembers going there all of his life, seeing the musicians and wondering about their lifestyle and how they made a profession from it. Hamilton spent several years in California working at Paramount, Fox and Saturday Night Live Studios, but when he came back to Toledo he wanted to pursue the idea of the life of a small town musician.

Mike Malone

Mike Malone

So Hamilton teamed up with Mike Malone (B.A. in Theater and Film, ‘79) with whom he had previously worked with on a 35-mm feature film, “The Toledo Conspiracy.”  Malone had more than 25 years experience working with every major network as well as a client base ranging from Harpo Productions to Ford. In fact, the background footage that you see on the Dr. Phil show where they are “telling the story” is often filmed by Malone. Mike also had a strong love of music as a member of the well-known Toledo band Locoweed.

The pair did not know exactly what the focus of the film would end up being. They chose five local musicians, developed a series of eight control questions and interviewed each of the musicians in a variety of settings. “Part of this was an experiment because I wanted to see if we could connect these people’s lives using the same questions, knowing that everyone would answer them totally differently,” Hamilton said. “So there was an outside chance that this would not have worked out at all. They could have had wildly different answers but you could start to see trends that go along with the questions.”

Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

What came out of these interviews was the stirring movie “Playing Nightly.” The story documents the lives and careers of Jeff Stewart, Johnny Rodriguez, John Barile, Bobby May and Kyle White. The featured artists are all locally and nationally recognized musicians that have played as close as Sylvania and as far away as Amsterdam. Stewart and White have won Toledo’s favorite singer/songwriter multiple times, Rodriguez has played with The Drifters and has been a staple in Toledo for over 20 years, Barile shared the stage with the likes of Jethro Tull, Foreigner and is a veteran of multiple bands, while May has been a major influence in the Toledo area playing with Crystal Bowersox at the Grand Ole Opry and even being the inspiration for her song “Grey Haired Rock Star.”

The theme that permeates throughout “Playing Nightly” and across all of the artists is their true love of music and performing. “I have played in bands,” Malone said. “But it came to a time in my life when I just said ‘I have to start making some money.’ People don’t realize that it is really hard work. And as much as these guys play, it can be grueling. I thought that I was going to see a little more disappointment than I did. Instead, I saw proud people who like what they do and who had this purpose of life to entertain and were very happy with their choices.”

Work on the film began early in 2012. It was snowing in some of the first shots filmed and the filmmakers did interviews and shot footage of the artists performing all summer and through the fall. They did not try to glamorize the performances at all. There were times that they went to capture the performance and there were only four people in the bar which you can see in the film. At the other end of the spectrum, while filming one of the interviews in the front window of the Cock and Bull bar, the Toledo Mud Hens game let out and suddenly thousands of people were strolling past in the background. “It gave an interesting feel because Toledo in general is not a walking town,” Malone said. “But in this scene you get a very urban vibe.”

When it came to the decision on who would be in the film, Hamilton was looking for people who had a similar level of enthusiasm for the project. He also wanted people around his own age although some skewed higher and some a little lower. But the main thing is he wanted people who had been doing this for a long time. Most of them have been performing for 25 years and some (like Bobby May) even more. “The artists have to keep up the energy,” Hamilton said. “They are doing it every day, eight shows a week, sometimes two shows a day on a Saturday and Sunday. Afterward I got comments like ‘Why was this person left out’ or ‘You didn’t even scratch the surface of that person’s talent.’ It sometimes seems like you get questioned more on the decisions you don’t make rather than the decisions you do make. This movie was meant to focus on these guys who are doing this all of the time. Not just someone in a band who played a gig once every couple of months.”

The movie premiered at the Maumee Indoor Theater on March 5, 2013. The first showing sold out and they had to add 60 seats. About 750 people saw the two showings “which for a documentary about local Toledo musicians is pretty fantastic,” Hamilton said.

So what is next for “Playing Nightly?” It is currently making the film festival circuit and is entered in several festivals. It recently received an honorable mention at the Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. It is also going to be featured locally on PBS sometime this fall. The current run time of the movie is approximately 73 minutes but due to time constraints it has to be 55 ½ minutes long. “We have to cut it down by 15 minutes which is very hard to do to a completed project without losing its context,” Malone said. “You can take out two and a half minutes just from timing, but now we are trying to take out some of the ambient stuff from the bars. We tried to show how it was for them performing when they are playing live in a bar so we are trying to cut back on some of those scenes. It is tricky work.”

Hamilton also spoke of working on another showing locally in Toledo although he said, “Its final landing spot will more than likely be Netflix.”

To see the movie trailer of “Playing Nightly” and to learn more about Leata Films, click here.

To read more about “The Toledo Conspiracy” or to see the trailer, click here

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UT in the News

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UT and Toledo Public Schools Partnership for Non-Traditional Students:

Biological Sciences Professor Combats Parasitic Worms Through Research:

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Class Notes

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**Barbara Bertke Holdcroft (’68 Ed, ’03 PhD) has ‘retired’ to the mountains of North Carolina where she will do some adjunct teaching at Lees-McRae College.

Michael Farley (Pharm ’77), has joined Triad Isotopes, Inc. as pharmacy manager of the company’s Cleveland location.
Michael Farley (Cleveland)

Leonard F. Monahan (’80 Univ Coll) has been awarded the Best Western Novel of 2013 by the Beverly Hills Book Awards. “Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers” is first in a series of Western Adventure books by Mr. Monahan.

*Ken Alexander (’81 Ed Spec) is the 2013 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding service to his community by The Ohio Pharmacists Association.

Gretchen Carroll (’83 MBA, ’05 Law, ’11 PhD) presented “The ABC’s of the Best Practices in Leadership Development” at the 2013 Tobias Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Carroll_Gretchen
B Jones Photo *Barb Jones (Eng ’82), has obtained her Professional Traffic Operations Engineer Certification (PTOE). She currently is employed by DGL Consulting Engineers.

Craig Loomis (’92 PhD) has published a new book, “The Salmiya Collection”. He is an associate professor of English and head of the division of humanities and arts at the American University of Kuwait.

*Michael R. Goulding (Law ’95), was elected Secretary of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio (AMCJO).

Ken Hohmeier (’08 Pharm, ’10 PharmD) was installed as a trustee of The Ohio Pharmacists Association, representing District 13 in Cuyahoga County.

John Thistlethwaite (’05 MHHS, ’08 PhD) has been named the recipient of 2013 Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching at Ohio Dominican University. He is an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology and director of the exercise science program. John Thistlethwaite

Robert A. Kennedy (HSHS ’07), was promoted to manager at FedEx two years ago. He received an award for going above and beyond in the area of client service.

Marriages & Unions
*Samuel Johnston (’12 LLSS) and Jennifer Gast were united in marriage on May 11 at Ewing Manor, Bloomington.

Justin Shedron (’07 A/S) and Jennifer Rega, PharmD, were married at Saint Basil Catholic Church in Independence, Ohio on March 23. Justin has been reappointed as a chief warrant officer 2 in the Active Guard Reserve Program and is currently flying UH-60 helicopters at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

*Marie Kerestes (’12 MED) and Craig James McGreal celebrated a June wedding at The Basilica of Saint John the Baptist. Kerestes-McGreal
JohnsGosser Joseph Gosser (’80 A/S) and Holly Johns wed on June 8 in Findlay, Ohio.
Amy Kundmueller (NRS ’05) & Nicholas Kundmueller (Eng ’05), would like to announce the birth of their son Clayton Nicholas Kundmueller on October 9, 2012. Clayton is already excited about being a Rocket Fanatic!

Death Notices
Faculty, staff & friends
Donald G. Bahna Jr., Knoxville, Tenn. at 48, a staff perfusionist at MCO from 1981 to 1991.

Clara J. “C.J.” Hillebrand, Toledo at 87, she was hired as a clerk at UT in 1974 and two years later was promoted to secretary, the position she retired from in 1993.

Dr. James Peichung Hsu, Toledo at 94, former UT faculty member.

Dewanna L. Myers, Woodville, Ohio at 73, former UT instructor.

James J. Demski, Sylvania, Ohio at 67, a former chef who worked in Carter Hall.

Joseph J. Kielczewski, Toledo at 67, director of information technology in the College of Business and Innovation. He joined the staff in 1993.

Betty Payteon, Toledo at 82, a retired UT Medical Center food service worker.

Dr. Basil Collins, Holland, Mich. at 92, a UT faculty member for 27 years. He joined the Geography and planning department as an assistant professor in 1967. He served as president of UT’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Collins retired in 1994 and was named professor emeritus.

Carol Ann Fournier Koch, Manitou Beach, Mich. at 77, a clerk in the UT Records Department from 1988 until her retirement in 1999.

Beryl J. Schutte, Phoenix, Ariz. at 83, a former UT instructor.

Melvin R. Seabright, Lambertville, Mich. at 85, he was a mechanic at the University from 1958 until his retirement in 1983. He returned to work on campus from 1992 to 1994.

**Robert J. Nichols Sr. (’53 Ed, ’60 MEd), Sylvania, Ohio at 82. Nichols was a former Toledo Head Men’s Basketball Coach, who led the Rockets for 22 seasons and posted the most victories of any basketball coach in the Mid-American Conference. His name is synonymous with Toledo Rockets basketball excellence. He earned three varsity letters in basketball at Toledo as a player from 1950-1953, and was assistant basketball coach for two seasons before serving as head basketball coach from 1965 to 1987. His lifetime record at Toledo was 376-212, and still ranks as the most wins by any basketball coach in the Mid-American Conference history.

He led the Rockets to 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1965-66 through 1984-85. Nichols led the Rockets to the NCAA Tournament in 1967, 1979 and 1980. The 1979 squad advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Big Ten Champion Iowa before falling to Notre Dame. He was the only four-time winner of the Ohio College Coach of the year Award (1967, 1972, 1979, 1980). The Sylvania, Ohio resident was a member of the Toledo Varsity T Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame. In addition, the basketball floor in Savage Arena was named in his honor in 2008.

Jeanne R. (Carver) Alleman Ciha, Toledo at 81. She was hired as a trainee in pathology at MCO at 1979 and became an IV technician one year later. In 2000, she moved to the lab central office and became a lab clinical technician, the position she retired from in 2008.

Virginia J. (Grzechowiak) Timmons, at 88. She volunteered at MCO through the Satellites Auxiliary.

Marc Gertner, Denver at 80. He was a lecturer in the College of Law during the 1960’s.

Donna Lee Carnicom Hardin, Gulfport, Miss. at 79. She was a director of admitting at MCO from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She served as president of the union at the hospital.

John J. Jurack, Luckey, Ohio at 60. He worked in the theatre and film department for 30 years. He joined the University in 1980 as a stage technician. Jurack served as scene shop manager and later was promoted to assistant technical director and then technical director. He retired in 2010.

Zelda L. Lydy, Toledo at 90. She joined the University in 1963 and retired as secretary to the vice president and treasurer in 1987.

**Ina J. Weis, (A/S ‘45), Elmore, Ohio at 91. The professor emeritus of library administration worked at UT four decades. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University in 1943 and joined UT Libraries that year. After more than 20 years as chief circulation librarian, Weis became administrator of information services and later assistant to the director for special projects. In addition, she taught in the former library science program. Weis was a member of Faculty Senate and the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors, of which she served as recording secretary for several years, as well as the University Women’s Commission and the University Club. She retired in 1983.

Dorothy Price (’37 Ed), Sylvania, Ohio at 95.

Rada Ducket (’35 A/S), Boyne City, Mich. at 101.

Dr. Herschel Shulman (A/S ’39), Southfield, Mich. at 94.

Betty W. Smith (’44 Ed, ’75 MEd), Powell, Ohio at 90.

**William Keller (’48 Bus), Toledo at 88.

Ralph Connolly (’49 Bus), Toledo at 87.

Louis Hattner (’49 A/S, ’68 Law), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.

**Ellen Scott Kimerer (’42 A/S), Oklahoma City, Okla. at 93.

**Jeanne Reisbach (’47 Ed), Toledo at 89.

Lois Karamol (’43 Ed), Oregon, Ohio at 91.

Lewis Marenberg (Eng ’42), Sandusky, Ohio at 92.

Suzanne Zimmerman (Ed ’43), Toledo at 92.

*Jack Prettyman (Bus ’48), Toledo at 91.

Hyacinth Sepanski (A/S ’42), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.

*John Harpen (’51 Bus, ’58 Law), Toledo at 84.

Robert Morris (’50 Bus, ’51 Law), Toledo at 85.

**C. Richard Priebe, att. in 1958, Sylvania, Ohio at 81.

**Wilfred Elchert, att. in 1950, Toledo at 91.

** John Moor (’59 Bus), Toledo at 76.

Gerald DePrisco (’55 Ed), Toledo at 85.

**Gerald Cooper (’55 Pharm), Toledo at 80.

Mary Ott (Ed ’56, MEd ’83), Perrysburg, Ohio at 79.

Nabih Abu-Nassar (Bus ’55, MBA ’66), Toledo.

Martin Marinelli (’69 Bus, ’73 Law), Luckey, Ohio at 67.

Robert G. Eddie (’60 Bus), Toledo at 82.

**Kemal Onat (’67 Eng), Maumee, Ohio at 73.

**Harry Thayer (’68 UTCTC), Oregon, Ohio at 80.

Rosalie Louviaux (’60 Ed), Toledo at 74.

Marilyn Teaderman (’67 Ed), Toledo at 83.

Neil Holt (’66 Law), East Lansing, Mich. at 77.

Florence Gonia (’68 MEd), Toledo at 85.

Geraldine Imes (’62 Ed, ’63 A/S), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 73.

Ronald Grant (’69 UTCTC, ’71 Ed), Toledo at 66.

James Levison (Ed ’66), Sylvania, Ohio at 71.

Doris Mohr (Ed ’62), Maumee, Ohio at 102.

The Honorable Wendell Allen (Law ’60), Maumee, Ohio at 83.

John Stoner (Pharm ’61), Tiffin, Ohio at 73.

James Whitehead (Ed ’68), Toledo at 90.

Philip Lewandowski (Bus ’69), Senoia, Ga. at 67.

Ruth Cochran (Ed ’69), Fullerton, Calif.

Emily Murawski, att. 1962, Toledo at 91.

Thomas Davidson (’74 UTCTC), Tipp City, Ohio at 64.

Thomas Wilcox (’79 UTCTC), Toledo at 63.

*Dr. Gary Berger (’75 MEd), Perrysburg, Ohio at 68.

Joseph Martin (’75 UTCTC), Waterville, Ohio at 80.

Michael Heaton (’70 A/S), Swanton, Ohio at 64.

**Charles Tubbs, att. in 1973, Toledo at 64.

Dale Nagel (’79 Law), Wauseon, Ohio at 66.

R. Elizabeth Hickman (’79 Bus, ’85 MBA), Toledo at 55.

Carol Doherty (’77 MEd), Chula Vista, Calif. at 79.

Jeanette Durban (Ed ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 92.

Marilyn Kaser (Ed ’74), Sylvania, Ohio at 77.

Ann Kurth (Ed ’70), Fort Myers, Fla. at 87.

Fredric Pinkus (’83 Law), Toledo at 76.

Paula Massey (’89 A/S), Sylvania, Ohio at 51.

Roslyn Lewis (’82 MEd), Kissimmee, Fla. at 80.

Patricia Riley (’88 MA), Vincennes, Ind. at 78.

Saralee Handy (Ed ’87), Edon, Ohio at 49.

Miriam Leeper-Kende (CALL ’81), Toledo at 55.

Sharon Taylor (CALL ’86), Maumee, Ohio at 54.

Daniel Malotky (Bus ’86, MBA ’09), Temperance, Mich. at 56.

Marilou Guy (A/S ’84), at 54.

Jacqueline Hood (A/S ’86), Dublin, Ohio at 82.

Stephen Zucker (’91 Bus), Erie, Pa. at 46.

Della Williams (’96 UTCTC, ’98 A/S), Toledo at 56.

Margaret Mangas (’96 MEd), Toledo at 58.

Markus Dunham (Ed ’91), Port Clinton, Ohio at 58.

Danyelle Sullivan (UTCTC ’98), Snellville, Ga. at 45.

Shelly Collins (HSHS ’98), Seattle, Wash. at 57.

Dr. Barbara Leapard (’00 PhD), Sylvania, Ohio at 60.

Darla Vander Horst (’00 HHS), Toledo at 58.

Austin Kudzia (Ed ’08), Toledo at 29.

Lucas Hassen (’10 Bus), Swanton, Ohio at 24.

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